Contact Us
Make My Homepage

The Past Life of Keep Calm and Carry On


We’ve all seen those “Keep Calm and Carry On” memes: “Keep Calm and Rock On,” “Keep Calm and Pretend It’s Not Monday.” Did you know the history of the original goes back to World War Two?

The phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was originally a motivational poster printed by the British government during the Second World War. The poster was part of a series which included  “Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might” and “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory” In 2000, the owners of Barter Books in England purchased a lot at auction which included the old poster.  The wife framed the vintage poster and hung it in the store. It became quite the hit after a newspaper writer for The Guardian mentioned it as one of her favorite things. The copyright has expired and the meme makers have since gone crazy. There’s even a website where you can create your own “Keep Calm…” saying and have it printed on just about anything. Even Portland’s Longfellow Books has a poster “Keep Calm and Turn The Page.”

Sandra Harris

What do you think about this story? What’s your favorite “Keep Calm…” phrase?Share your comments here on our web site and on our Facebook and Twitter pages under the hashtag #KeepCalmCarryOn

Best of WHOM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 94.9 WHOM quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 94.9 WHOM contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.